Readings, Book Signings, & Literary Adventures
Always a treat to make person-to-person contact with people who care about books. Photos here show a few highlights from recent years.

With my publisher of "Tales from the Heart of Haiti," the remarkable Féquière Vilsaint in 2010. In 2015, he was among the first distinguished members of Haiti's new Kreyol Academy.
Miami Bookfair 2010. What a treat to read from Tales from the Heart of Haiti!

Presenting the Award for Excellence of the Haitian Studies Asso to Yanick Lahens. (Kingston, Jamaica, 2011). In 2014, Lahens won the prestigious Prix Femina in France for her novel, "Bain de Lune."
Helene Schweitzer arrives! After four years of work in five countries, it was great to greet her in Maine. May 2015

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June 2015, was a delightful venue for my first reading/book signing of my Helene Schweitzer biography on "the other side of the pond."
"Writing Our Lives: Autobiography & Biography" with Susan Tiberghien, moderated by Matthew Wake, at Le Livre sur les Quais in Morges, Switzerland. September 2015.

Me and "my" Offshoots--Writing from Geneva, the biennial literary anthology of the Geneva Writers' Group for which I served as editor-in-chief in 2017.
Researching Jacques Roumain at the Schomburg Center of the NYPL in Harlem. May 2016

In a tap-tap in Haiti, June 2016, en route to the Caribbean Studies Conference where I presented a paper on Jacques Roumain's friendship with Langston Hughes.
Tracking Jacques Roumain's life in Paris 1937-1939. It's a tough job, but someone has to do these things...

My father, Sgt. Maj. E. W. Matteson in Sendai, Japan, with his trusted Kodak Retina I, Model 126, & light meter. I'm currently writing about his time in postwar Japan thru the prism of the 80+ photos I managed to preserve from his photo album dated 1947-1949.
My newlywed parents in Sendai, Japan, 1948: Sgt. E. W. Matteson (1913-1982) and Ruth K. Matteson (1917-1983). Make your own website